Dear Friend,

During the weeks leading up to our virtual event, on October 8, we'll be profiling the eleven amazing women from Southwest PA we're celebrating this year. Today, we meet our Young Woman of Conservation Leadership, Leandra Mira - Leading Organizer of Fridays For Future PGH & Pittsburgh Youth Climate Strike.

Meet Leandra Mira
Young Woman of Conservation

Leandra Mira is a climate organizer who has mobilized hundreds of people for climate strikes around the city of Pittsburgh. She began striking at the age of seventeen, sitting on the steps of the City County Building for four hours every Friday, alone.

In a couple of weeks, she had fellow climate strikers joining her, and with that she began what would become a 10 month period where she striked every week, becoming Fridays For Future PGH. With the help of many others in the community, she organized two large youth climate strikes. One occurring in September totaling to over 1,000 strikers. 

With endless possibilities for organizing now in front of her, she wants to focus on generating actions that have a lasting impact.

Leandra’s original call to action was becoming aware of the link between Western Pennsylvania’s public health crisis and the fossil fuel extraction in our region.

This continues to drive her involvement in the movement more than anything else. One idea can be a catalyst for someone, changing their life’s trajectory. Leandra’s idea was simple: No one’s zip code should determine their life expectancy or their likelihood of developing asthma, heart disease, or rare, aggressive forms of cancer.

Congratulations, Leandra!



Brian Hill and
Laura Heeschen



Sponsor of Sharon Pillar

Sponsor of Raina Rippel

Sponsor of Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D

Sponsor of Leandra Mira

Kurt Limbach
Sponsor of Beverly Braverman

Audrey, Joy and Laurence Sterling
Sponsor of Ann Rosenthal

Sponsor of Kirsi Jansa

Craig Dunn
Sponsor of Caren Glotfelty

Special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support during these difficult times. If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at


The Event Goes On!
Tickets Now Available!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020, 5:30-7pm


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a "PennFuture Swag Bag" with: a PennFuture Mask, Hand Sanitizer, Stylus Pen & Pad made from recycled materials, and a Honey Bee Mix Seed Packet mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

Bonus: the first 50 tickets sold get a PennFuture
"watchdog doggie bandana"!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a socially distant gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 8th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a tickets as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Eight Award Sponsorships are still available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at

Each year, PennFuture honors the accomplishments of exceptional women conservationists in Pennsylvania. The 2020 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards are designed to encourage continuing excellence in conservation and to forge a stronger network of exceptional women working to protect Pennsylvania’s environment. The event also raises important funds to support PennFuture as a watchdog for clean air, water, and energy.

Since its inception in 2015, this event has traveled around the state to different communities to ensure recognition of local leaders, volunteers, and career professionals. And for 2020 we are celebrating women in Southwest Pennsylvania. 



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